Design Elements I Considered in Creating this Anniversary Portrait
What I do
What I do is much more than taking a photograph. Twenty five years of art, design, composition and photography go heart and soul into each image I create. Here are some of the choices I made and what I think about when I created this personal art for Carol and Ty.
They were celebrating 25 years of marriage and wanted me to capture the love they share in an anniversary portrait. Carol was a deacon in her church and Ty was becoming a deacon. We spent an hour together so I could get to know them and what they had in mind. As we progressed in the consultation, I suggested the Franciscan monastery because of its beautiful grounds and intimate atmosphere.
The session on location at the Franciscan Monastery
The big day arrived. The weather was perfect on a beautiful Spring day. The grounds had beautiful archways, flower paths, wonderful buildings, woods and glens. How was I going to choose?
The clothing was well thought out ahead of time. They wanted to be dressed a little formal. I had her wear her shawl from their many travels, they are both wearing dark with red accents.
Using the elements of line and repetition your eye is led into the image with a leading line from the sidewalk and immediately up Ty’s leg to the faces and the connection they share. Together they are a strong vertical element showing strength while the diagonal line of her skirt suggests excitement. The sidewalk converges invisibly behind them to give a three dimensional look to the overall portrait.
I’ve used rhythm and repetition by using the different shades of reds and pinks with the clothing, flowers and red tile roof, while using her shawl to subtly repeat the garden theme. Only if you get to know them, would you know how movement shapes their lives.
“Our pictures are a text of our lives and a testament to our 25th Anniversary year! We are so pleased by your work and how you carefully shaped the outcomes! Thank you!” Ty and Carol Jablonski
These design elements combine to express the emotion of the moment as well as fulfilling their vision.
Barbara Glaeser is a photographer and artist. She has been in love with photography for over 25 years and still enjoys learning all there is to the business and art of photography.Want to share?:
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